This paper addresses an important aspect of urban infrastructure provision, which is the interdependencies between agencies involved in the process of provision of these critical urban systems. In order to identify these interdependencies, a qualitative multiple embedded case study, comprising the process of urban infrastructure provision for four new residential sites in Iran, was designed and conducted. The unit of analysis was the process of provision of different kinds of urban infrastructure systems, including water supply system, piping gas network, sanitation sewage system, electric power grid, telecommunication network, and transportation system network. The findings indicate that there are various kinds of interdependencies between agencies involved in the process, which can be classified into three main categories, namely, site selection interdependencies, designing interdependencies, and implementation interdependencies. Identifying these interdependencies provides a guide for decision-makers to consider the potentials and limitations of urban infrastructure systems in planning for new housing development areas.
Institution: Malayer Branch, Islamic Azad University
Department: Department of Urban Planning
Saeid Yazdani is an assistant Professor at the department of Uran Planning, Malayer Branch of Islamic Azad University. He received the BS degree in Land Survey and Civil Engineering and MS degree in Urban Planning from University of Tehran and the PhD degree in Urban Planning and Design from University Putra Malaysia (UPM).